Ringling Animation Grads Up For Oscars

Odds are good that a graduate of the Ringling College of Art and Design will be celebrating a victory during the evening of the 87th Academy Awards. Three of the films nominated for Best Animated Feature leaned heavily of talent that learned the digital animation craft at the Sarasota school. Continue reading Ringling Animation Grads Up For Oscars

Corcoran Pursues TV Opportunities at Realscreen Summit

jeanne.d.corcoranNumerous reality shows have been conceived and pitched from personalities in Sarasota County. Now Jeanne Corcoran, director of the Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office, is in Washington, D.C. at the Realscreen Summit trying to get some power players in the cable world to bring some of these shows to the small screen. Continue reading Corcoran Pursues TV Opportunities at Realscreen Summit

SFF Films ‘Last Days’, ‘Ida’ Get Oscar Nods

Two major films from the 2014 Sarasota Film Festival program earned nominations for Academy Awards this year. Last Days in Vietnam, the Opening Night Film at the festival, was nominated for Best Documentary.  Ida, which won Best Narrative Film at last year’s SFF, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

SFF’s Michael Dunaway: ‘Provide Memorable Experiences’

Michael Dunaway, the new programming director for the Sarasota Film Festival, has been to his share of cinema events, and watched plenty of great movies. But the changing world of high-quality home entertainment and accessible video-on-demand means festivals can no longer just promise nice films. “Make it worth it for audiences to leave the comfort of homes and come to the theater,” he said during a lengthy Q&A with SRQ Backlot. Dunaway in the 30-minute interview touched on his own plans on spending time in Sarasota, the programming legacy at SFF and even the possibility of bringing more music to the festival. Continue reading SFF’s Michael Dunaway: ‘Provide Memorable Experiences’

SFF’s New Programming Team

In addition to the big-slash announcement today that Gasoline Films founder Michael Dunaway was the new programming director for the Sarasota Film Festival, a team of other programmers was also announced for the organization, including Maggie MacKay, Derek Horne and Caley Fagerstrom. Continue reading SFF’s New Programming Team

Michael Dunaway to run Sarasota Film Festival programming

The Sarasota Film Festival today announced that Michael Dunaway, film editor for Paste Magazine and a frequent SFF juror, will be the new director of programming for the Florida festival, one of the most prestigious regional film festivals in North America. The festival also announced a team of new programmers.

“The Sarasota Film Festival is thrilled to welcome this outstanding creative team,” said President Mark Famiglio. “This talented group with varied backgrounds will allow the Festival to present the hearts and minds of independent films to our ever-expanding audience.”

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New Development, No Arrest: Jeffrey Tambor Comes to Town

Film, stage and television actor Jeffrey Tambor, most notable for his portrayal of the Bluth family patriarch in Arrested Development, recurring roles in franchises such as Hellboy and The Hangover and his latest Golden Globe-nominated turn as Maura Pfefferman in Transparent, will be stopping by the Riverview High School Performing Arts Center on January 28 as part of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s (JSFM) ongoing “People of the Book” series, highlighting successful Jewish professionals and their stories. Continue reading New Development, No Arrest: Jeffrey Tambor Comes to Town